1970 340 Swinger steering column gets hot

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  1. raydurr

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    Hello. While driving my car , after an hour or so the area of the steering column near the ignition switch gets very hot to touch. Who else has experienced this. BTW the car is totally factory. The highest amp load going thru it is probably the blower motor while this is occurring.
     
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    Start with ignition switch. Pull it and check it. Could also be other wiring in the column. 48 year old electrical parts. Many people on this forum have disconnect switches on the battery that they open when then car is parked to prevent fires. Yours seems to be a problem while running. I would not drive it until that issue is resolved. Last thing you want is a car fire.
     
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    You got a light on there some where? Or are the brakes lights stuck on? Aftermarket signal switch?
     
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    Key in warning buzzer wiring, it was shorted out and burned up in my coumn
     
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    Also keep in mind that this could be engine compartment/manifold heat drafting up the shaft, and may not be an electrical issue at all.
     
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      Very much could be true...you could test for this. Turn key on, and whatever else..disconnect your ignition from the coil, maybe a battery charger and let the car sit for an hour.....see if the column heats up....good one @TrailBeast !
       
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